LIVE BLOG: The Leopold Trial – Day 6

| January 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

Today is the sixth day of testimony, and the first full day of defense arguments,  in the trial of Anne Arundel County Executive, John R. Leopold, who was indicted in March on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation. The indictment alleged that Leopold used his executive security detail for personal and political gain. He has pleaded not guilty. Leopold has opted to be tried by retired Judge Dennis M. Sweeney, a retired Howard County Circuit Court Judge. Sweeney also presided over the trial of former Baltimore Mayor, Sheila Dixon. On Friday, Sweeney acquitted Leopold on one of the misconduct accounts. Now the defense will mount its case in support of the County Executive.

This is a live blog and commentary will be updated as it happens in the courtroom. There is no need to refresh the page. The trial will get underway at 9:00am.

This live blog (and future ones) will be factually correct; however, it will be presented casually as commentary with heavy doses of opinion, humor, and even a little bit of snark.  For traditional reporting of the trial, we recommend that you check out the stories from Allison Bourg of the Capital Gazette and Anna Staver of the Annapolis Patch.

You are on Twitter…right? If not you should be. Please follow us (and others) on Twitter. The hashtag for the trial is #leopold.  Other media representatives covering the trial are also tweeting and you might as well follow them too. @abourg_capital, @annapolispatch, @melserwbal, @johnaaromwtop, @annyswapo, @amaxsmith, @jlepolastewart, @cherylconner, @andsiegel and @annapolisscott.

Please read our recap of opening day , day 2,  day 3day 4, and day 5  as well as our live blog from the second , third , fourth and fifth day. (Note: there is no live blog from the first day, we installed the software after the first day).

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John Frenaye January 28, 201312:13 pm

Court is adjourned until 9 am tomorrow for closing arguments. Verdict expected tomorrow afternoon.

John Frenaye January 28, 201311:47 am

The Judge asked the state if this was just away to prosecute the County Executive for government waste. The state said no.

John Frenaye January 28, 201311:23 am

Defense is arguing hard for acquittal on out five which carries a minimum of a year in jail. Initially the Judge was not receptive to listening, but now is listening.

John Frenaye January 28, 201311:11 am

The defense has rested and now asking Judge to reconsider their motion to acquit from Friday.

John Frenaye January 28, 201311:03 am

After a sidebar conference, the defense appears ready to rest their case.

John Frenaye January 28, 201310:56 am

Up next Andrea Fulton again. This time for defense. She is the personnel officer of six years for county.

She testified to union negotiations as well as Leopold giving back his salary increase to the county.

She was dismissed fairly quickly.

John Frenaye January 28, 201310:41 am

Dr. Timothy Burke now on stand for Leopold’s defense. He is the Director of Neurological Science at Anne Arundel Medical Center and has qualified as an expert witness.

He is showing various MRIs to demonstrate the pain being experienced. The consensus in the media pews is that “ok, we get it, the dude was in some mega pain.”

After relatively brief testimony he was dismissed.

John Frenaye January 28, 201310:05 am

And we are back in court.

John Frenaye January 28, 20138:43 am

Due to the icing, the trial will not get underway today until 10:00am. Please come back!

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